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February Newsletter 2013

Principal’s Greeting

             February is the month which turns pink and red. ‘Pink Shirt Day’ is Monday, February 25th this year and the Student Council would like it if everyone can wear something pink on that day to show loud and clear that bullying is not tolerated at our school. Start looking in your closets for all things pink!

We work hard at Lucerne to encourage all students to include each other in their work and their play. February 14th turns red as we tell our family we love them and appreciate them. It is Valentine’s Day and we encourage students, particularly in the elementary school, to give Valentine tokens to everyone in their class as an expression of friendship.

Secondary School Ski Day

On Friday, February 22nd secondary students will have an opportunity to ski or snow board at Summit Lake Ski Hill. A parental consent form will come home nearer the date. Students who do not wish to participate may work in the FLC during this day.

Kootenay Savings Breakfast

The New Denver KSCU staff will be cooking up another hot, tasty breakfast for students on Wednesday, February 6th from 8.15am.

PAC

            The next meeting of PAC will take place on Wednesday, February 6th at 4.30pm. All parents are welcome.

Visitors at Lucerne

            All parents and guardians are welcome to come to school during the school day to drop off items for their children or to check in on how they are doing. We would like you to first call in at the office to let us know that you are in the building but you do not need to sign in if your visit will be brief. Parents, guardians and visitors who are going to spend more time with us during the day as volunteers should sign in at the office please. All visitors who are not parents and guardians should sign in at the office.

FSAs

FSAs are taken each year by all students in Grades 4 and 7 in BC public schools and publicly-funded independent schools. At Lucerne this year our students will be completing the assessments during the weeks of February 4th – February 15th.

The primary purpose of FSA is to help schools, school planning councils, school districts and the province evaluate how foundation skills are being addressed and make plans for improvement. The secondary purpose is to give parents, teachers and principals information about individual students. FSA provides a “snapshot” of how well BC students are doing on foundation skills. It helps answer important questions such as “Are students learning vital skills they will need later?” Parents can look at the Ministry website: http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/assessment/fsa/info/welcome.htm to find answers to further questions.

 

Warmer weather and the potential return of head lice!

Head lice are common in school-aged children but remember that they do not cause disease. However, itchiness from head lice can be irritating and uncomfortable for children. Head lice spread easily to others, so it’s important for families to help prevent and control its spread. Outbreaks are more common following vacations. To prevent head lice:

  • Please check your child’s head every week for lice
  • Teach your child not to share head gear (i.e. hats, hair, accessories, scarves, helmets, combs)

If you would like more information on head lice and treatment the school has copies of the advice from Interior Health or go to www.interiorhealth.ca Students should remain at home until treatment is complete and the school would appreciate it if parents do keep us informed off any incidences so the class and/or grade can be told to check.

Staffing News

            Terry Taylor, our District Principal of Learning, has taught at Lucerne School for the last 16 years as the English teacher and the secondary school counsellor. She has led teachers in our school and in our district in innovative practice that has placed our school at the forefront of education in our province. After considerable thought Terry has decided to relinquish her teaching assignment at Lucerne for the rest of the year due to commitments at the district level. She will continue to work with staff and students at Lucerne in inquiry and collaborative projects and for the Writers Festival in April but the English 10-12 class will be taught by Lauren Smith, our English 7-9 teacher, for the rest of Semester 2.

Selkirk College Career Fair

            Our Grade 10-12 students have been invited to attend the Selkirk College Career and Education Fair on February, 21st with NSS students. This event will provide a valuable learning experience for students in the region who are exploring careers and their post-secondary options. Students attending this event will have the opportunity to meet employers from all over BC and further, community career counsellors, learn about employment and educational services that are out there, learn how post-secondary opens the doors to careers and much more! Ms Ashley Barker will provide students with more information about this opportunity at the Castlegar Campus.

Grad Fundraising Family Photos

            On Wednesday, February 13th the Grad class have organised for Mountain West photographers to return to take Family Photos. The sitting fee is $20.00; additional packages will be available to order if required. Please contact Katrina Sumrall or a grade 12 student for more details.

Aboriginal Master Carver Visit

            Terry Jackson, a Metis master carver, will be working with the Shop class on Wednesday, February 27th. His work is influenced by the First Nations of the Pacific Northwest and from the Prairies. He works with porcelain, silver and wood.

And finally…

            …there are two days off from school this month for students. Enjoy BC’s first Family Day on Monday, February 11th and on Friday, February 15th school is closed for students while staff have an NI Day.

Dates for 2012-2013

Fri, Feb 8th Secondary report cards go home

Mon, Feb 11th  BC Family Day

Fri, Feb 15th NI Day

Thu, Feb 21st Career Fair at Selkirk College for Grades 10-12

Fri, March 15th  Elementary report cards go home

Sat, March 16th Spring Break starts

Tue, April 2nd School starts again

Thu, April 18th  Student led conferences

Fri, April 19th NI Day

Mon, April 29th Writers Fest / Spring into Learning starts          

Thu, May 9th Spring Picnic

Fri, May 17th NI Day

Mon, May 20th Victoria Day

Sat, June 1st Graduation Ceremony

Mon, June 17th School exams start

Thu, June 20th Provincial exams start

Thu, June 27th Last day of Classes