From the Principal
I can’t believe day 100 has come and gone! We are moving into the final portion of the school year.
February and March are always incredibly busy months as we have compressed time with students due to Winter and March Breaks. In February, we’ve had a number of great projects and activities that our GSTS staff have spearheaded for our students.
The ski/snowboard club just wrapped up over the weekend with it’s trip to Nakiska. A big thank you to Mr. Lo and the other staff members who made this club a huge success. I know after being with the students on their Canyon trip how much they love being out on the hills. Basketball season also wraps up in February/March for our teams playing in their season ending tournaments. Regardless of how our teams do [It’s so nice that they’ve been winning :)], it’s been amazing seeing how much our students love this game! They’ve really come together! Thank you to all the coaches who have been giving up their time to support these students (sometimes 3x/week). Lastly, another big thank you going to Mr. Reitsma & Mrs. Mathison for their support of the APEGA Science Olympics sending a Grade 8 and Grade 7 team. The students had a great afternoon at RDC using their innovative problem solving skills. All teams represent GSTS with Gladiator pride and we are so proud.
Our GSTS Science Fair happened during the week of February 15 and we had over 50+ projects competing in our school wide fair! Feedback from parents, staff and students in the gym was that the quality of the projects was the best to date! Congrats Gladiators. We did tweak the format this year - allowing for classroom projects for Grades 1-4 and then all students from Grade 5-8 were able to participate at their classroom level. Ten students per grade were then selected from the classroom presentations to move on to the school wide fair. From this 10 projects were selected to move on to the Central Alberta Regional Science Fair being held on March 23/24 at RDC! If you have time please go and check out this wonderful fair and support our Gladiators! !
On February 28, we also hosted our Gladiator Day - with the students selecting their spirit theme (the GSTS Pink Shirt/Crazy Hair Day)! All students were awesome and most everyone remembered to wear a pink shirt in support of kindness and anti-bullying awareness. This month’s Gladiator day is March 21. The theme is “Tropical Day!” We will be hosting our Gladiator Awards in the afternoon - students are encouraged to wear/dress something tropical and excitingly we will be offering a pizza hot lunch (pay for service) to students/families for that day.
With report cards coming out this month, it is incredibly important to touch base with your child’s teachers as we head into the final three months of school. This is a great time to focus on successes and look at ways to support student struggles. With term 2 finishing up in March, this is the important ⅔ check-in. Don’t let your child miss out by not having the important parent-child conversation. Parent Teacher Conferences are on March 22. You will be able to sign up for Parent-Teacher conferences as of March 14 at https://gledale.schoolappointments.com. As parents, we also recognize that you too may be looking for support. To meet this demand, we’ve created and are soft-launching our GSTS Parent Hub. This is a site designed specifically with parents in mind and we will continue to build it. If you have any ideas for support, please do not hesitate to contact us. The website address is https://sites.google.com/a/rdpsd.ab.ca/gsts-parent-hub/
Wishing you all the best.