From the Principal
Welcome to the New Year! The winter break has come and gone; look at us now, we are in 2018! I hope everyone has had a chance to relax and enjoy some quality time with family and friends over the holiday season. The start of school, after a significant break, always provides a good opportunity to re-establish a focus on learning. As the second term continues, we look forward to the new challenges and learning opportunities that the term brings. We will continue to strive to work in partnership with you to make learning a successful and rewarding experience for your child(ren).
If you have extra time in your day and would like to help out around the school, we have opportunities to volunteer on any of the many field studies, or in the school - you simply need a volunteer form and a criminal record check. We have all the forms at the office.
December was a very busy month at GSTS. We had report cards and parent-teacher conferences at the beginning. This gave a number of chances to meet with teachers and plan strategies to ensure your child has success in the second half of the year. Our winter concert was extraordinary! Thank you Ms. Williams, the team of staff members and, of course, our GSTS students. Using the Crossroads Church again this year provided comfortable seating and ease in parking for our performance.
Second trimester kicked off with a full service of winter weather. It’s cold out!
Please ensure your children are properly dressed to be safe in our winter weather. School requirements include a winter hat, warm gloves, winter coat, winter boots and snowpants. As always, our students go outside when the temperature is warmer than -20 degrees Celsius, including windchill. A warm winter day of -15 degrees can still feel unbearable and cold when our students are not properly dressed. When the weather conditions are severe, we have indoor morning or lunch recess. During these times, students remain in their classrooms, participate in the gym activities, or lunchtime clubs.
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, I would encourage any/all to come out to our School Council and Parent Association evenings. It’s a great way to get to know the school and contribute to make it the best place possible for our students (your children). Our next meeting is January 16, 2018 @ 7pm.
From all of us at GSTS, welcome to 2018 and we hope you and your family have a great year!