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April 2012 Newsletter

Principal’s Greeting

According to World Vision, 925 million people go hungry every day, almost 30 times the population of Canada. This year the media has raised our awareness of the drought spreading through the Horn of Africa throughout Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Tanzania. These countries came into my teenage geographical and political awareness in 1984 when Bob Geldof, a Boom Town Rat, visited Ethiopia, saw famine and drought for himself and demanded that the world’s leaders did something about food inequality. Two songs were written by the pop stars of the day, ‘Do they know it’s Christmas?’ by Band Aid and ‘We are the world’ by USA for Africa and they dominated the charts in 1984 and 1985.  For my generation the legacy of these songs is a constant awareness that the world is an unequal place and that we should each strive to do more to make it equal. On April 22nd-23rd a number of our secondary students will be taking part in a 30 Hour Famine that will raise money to support World Vision’s fight against global poverty and inequality. Please support any student who asks you for a donation. Their efforts make the words written by Lionel Richie and Michael Jackson for USA for Africa, so true:

“We are the world,

We are the children,

We are the ones who make a brighter day, so let’s start giving”


The next PAC meeting is on Wednesday, April 4th at 4.30pm. The February meeting’s minutes are now posted on the school website.

 Celebration of a Love of Reading

Since 2009 Lucerne has benefitted from a ‘Love of Reading’ grant of $20 000 from Indigo Love of Reading Foundation. At least 70% of our Kindergarten to Grade 9 students surveyed in March said they like reading. This is partly because of the great books that we have bought with the grant money for the school and classroom libraries. A big thank you goes to Terry Taylor for administering this grant over the last three years. Thanks also to Chaez Johnsin who has catalogued all of these books. On Monday, 23rd April between 5-6pm join us in the school library to look at the range of books orders and enjoy some refreshments. There will also be a book swap –students can bring from home books they want to swap with someone else. In addition, we are giving away some Classics because they have just got too old to handle in class.

 Superintendent/ Secretary-Treasurer News

The Board of Education have appointed Ms Denise Perry to the position of Superintendent/Secretary-Treasurer and she will be starting with us in June 2012. She joins us from SD49 Central Coast where she holds the same position. We look forward to welcoming her here at Lucerne.

 Victoria-Vancouver Grade 5/6/7 Fieldtrip

Grade 5/6/7 class head to Victoria and Vancouver on April 25th to May 1st with Katrina, Barb Mark, Signy Frederikson and four parents. There they will visit the Legislature, Science World, Royal BC Museum, UBC Museum of Anthropology, Granville Island and the Earth School. Thank you to the parents who have helped fund raise and to everyone who has supported the fund raising efforts over the last year.

 Performances in April

We have two visiting performances in April to which everyone is invited. Artstarts brings us Wassabi Collective from Nelson on Monday 23rd April at 1pm. The band fuses music from hiphop to jazz, pop and rock and even roots reggae so expect the gym’s roof to lift off! The next day, on Tuesday 24th April, Corazon visit us again in preparation for their Cuban tour. This year we have several Lucerne students who are part of this youth choir based in Nelson: Aja Reinhart, Danika Hammond, Sophie Burkholder and Noah Burkholder.

 Student Led Conferences

Student-led conferences are scheduled for Thursday April 26th, from 1pm. More details will follow with regards to the format and the times for student’s conferences. School ends for students at 11.51am and the school bus will leave at 12.00 noon.

 Kindergarten Registration 2012-2013

The Lucerne Elementary School will be accepting registration for Kindergarten on April 2nd, 2012 – April 13, 2012. It is critical for us to know how many students there are going to be in this class as the numbers will affect the class configurations across the whole school. If you know of any parents with eligible children please help spread the word that registration is happening now!

Entry Criteria:
The child has attained the age of five (5) years on or before December 31, 2007:

Parents/Guardians may defer enrolment of their children until the first school day of September of the next school year.

Parents/guardians MUST provide a copy of the child’s birth certificate and Care Card when registering.  For further information regarding the Kindergarten Program contact the school (250-358-7222).

 And finally…

 …did you notice that we have three school days off in April? Good Friday April 6th, Easter Monday April 9th and also a Pro-D/NI Day on April 27th.