It is hard to believe that January has come and gone and we are now halfway done the school year! Our students have kicked off the 2019 new year with great enthusiasm, which is evident in their day-to-day work, projects and classroom activities. We would encourage students and parents to set new and meaningful academic and social goals for 2019, and to put their plan into action to achieve their personal best!
We are looking forward to a busy month of February with many exciting events that will bring together GSTS students and their families. The basketball teams are well on their way and both training and making the school proud as they are competing against other district schools. Also, our archery club continues to be a real draw for students as they too are preparing for upcoming competitions. In the grade levels, field studies continue to be our focus and celebrations. Many are taking shape while teachers are also crossing the halfway point of the school year.
Winter Break - No School
Family Day and Canada Winter Games Break (Winter Break) are occurring this year on February 18 and February 18-22, respectively.
School Parking Lot - Drop-Off and Pick-Up
I’d like to encourage all of our parents to be mindful of our school parking lot. It was definitely not developed back in the 80s for a K-8 school and has the flow of a Junior High. As a school we’ve been working hard, even with the recent construction, to make it work for us but we do need your help. Please respect the bus lane drop off for our 2 buses and feel welcome to use it as a drop off after they’ve departed at 8am. Please do not “park” on the curb and walk children in as the empty vehicle creates congestion. You are welcome to park in the parking lot by the bus compound if you’d like to walk your child in. If we work together we are able to keep a very busy loop flowing, benefiting and respecting everyone's time.
We would encourage all parents to ensure that students are indeed leaving home with the appropriate winter wear. School requirements include a winter hat, warm gloves, winter coat, winter boots and snow pants. GSTS follows the -20C, including wind chill policy and thus when it is -18C, all students are expected to go outside. This would be incredibly cold if they are not properly dressed! Many of our students are coming to school without winter gear and it can be uncomfortable and/or dangerous should we be required to complete an emergency procedure. If you're seeking additional winter clothing for your children - please check out the school's lost and found!
Accountability Pillar Surveys
February also brings the very important Accountability Pillar Surveys administered by Alberta Education. They are sent to parents of GSTS Grade 4 and Grade 7 students and run from January 9 - March 8, 2019. They are sent by mail directly to parents and with a postage-paid, pre-addressed return envelope for parents to send back. All information is confidential. In your package you will receive a copy of the Minister’s “Invest in the future” letter to parents, a copy of the paper survey questionnaire and instructions for accessing the survey in other languages. These surveys provide an annual check-up on the education system as outlined by the 16 indicators. At school, staff and students (Grade 4 & 7) have completed their respective surveys.
Our custodians and maintenance department work hard at making our school look and feel great. We ask for your help by reminding our students:
Place empty bottles and pop cans in the recycling containers.
Place garbage in the appropriate containers.
Keep lockers clean (no old lunches!)
Report any spills or damage to the GSTS staff.
Remove outdoor footwear at the doors.
Lastly, we are always seeking parental involvement at School Council and Parent Association. The School Council & Parent Association will be meeting on February 26 @ 7pm - 8:30pm. A typical agenda includes a welcome from the School Council chair, a Principal’s Presentation, a GSTS Parent Association Update, and a collaborative goal. We would love to see as many parents out as possible!
We hope that families continue to enjoy the winter weather and are able to spend some time together as we move towards the spring.