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March 2013 Newsletter

Principal’s Greeting

            At Lucerne we are going to help Spring get started early on Friday, March 8th when the whole school will work together during our K-12 block on some preparation for the school garden. Every year our garden brings joy to people who walk through it during the summer months and this is because of the hard work that goes in at the start of the season. Our students learn so much from being responsible for the cultivation of plants from seed to fruit, vegetable or flower. Thank you once again to the parent and staff volunteers who care for our garden. Spring actually starts on March 20th but don’t forget to ‘spring’ your clocks forward on Sunday, March 10th when daylight saving time starts.

Kootenay Savings Breakfast

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

More Staffing News

Julie Fry has been hired as a noon-hour supervisor. This takes our supervision total up to three at lunchtime with Julie working along side one member of staff and a grad volunteer.


Aboriginal Support Teacher

“Dear Families,
Many of you already know me as an English, French and Science teacher at Lucerne. I have recently added the role of Aboriginal Education Support Teacher. In this position I seek to support Aboriginal cultural programs throughout the school, as well as support students with Aboriginal ancestry in a variety of aspects. If you have any questions or would like to speak about ideas you might have for Aboriginal Education at our school, please feel free to contact me at: lauren.smith@sd10.bc.ca
All the best, Lauren Smith”

PAC Meeting

The next meeting of PAC will take place on Wednesday, March 6th at 6.30pm. All parents are welcome. Please note the new time –hopefully this will suit more people rather than the earlier time we were meeting at.

Grade 4/5/6 Present ‘Mugsy Balone’

            Grade 4/5/6 will be performing ‘Mugsy Balone’ at the Silverton Gallery on Thursday, March 14th and Friday March 15th. The performances will start at 7pm and there will be a concession of root beer and popcorn (you need to come along to the show to find out why). Donations to class funds are welcome at the door. The dress rehearsal will be on Wednesday, March 13th at 1pm.


ArtStarts Performance

            On Friday, March 1st at 1pm ‘Flyin’ Bob’ performs his circus skills in the school gym thanks to ArtStarts. For over 20 years across Canada and in fifteen countries around the world, Flyin’ Bob has performed as a juggler, tightwire walker, comic, and musician in every venue imaginable: the street, stage, corporate offices, national television shows, and schools. He has also performed at festivals in Europe, Japan, Singapore, Australia, Korea, Israel, Egypt, and the US.


Science Fair –Advance Notice

            We intend to hold a Science Fair for all students from Kindergarten to Grade 8 this year on Thursday, April 18th alongside the student led conferences. In March teachers will start to work with their classes to prepare students for thinking like an investigative scientist. Parents may like to support their students over Spring Break with the start of their projects. Students in Grade 9 and above are welcome to take part in the fair too but they will not have class time put aside as they are working towards provincial exams this semester.


Field trip Consent Forms

            When consent forms for field trips go home from teachers or the school office there is always a ‘return by’ date. We would appreciate the timely return of these forms in order to help with the organization of these trips.


Ministry of Education Satisfaction Survey

Along with this newsletter, the oldest child in a family will be receiving a letter to take home to parents and guardians with regard to the annual Satisfaction Survey. Please find a time to complete the online survey as per the instructions on the letter. The information that is generated is useful for the School Planning Council and the school district when planning expenditure and programs to support student learning.


Playground Equipment

            Before Spring Break the school district’s maintenance team will start to prepare the ground for the two new pieces of playground equipment that have been ordered. On the upper play area a large climbing net will be installed and in the lower play area a giant swing that can hold four people will be a new item for our younger students. Thanks to Art Olson, Kristin Kipkie, Rachelle Champagne, Julia Greenlaw and Katrina Sumrall for working together on this as our ‘playground team.Hopefully we will be able to play on this new equipment before the end of the school year.

And finally…

            …enjoy Spring Break! See you again on Tuesday April 2nd after the long Easter weekend.


Dates for 2012-2013

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 and K-8 Science Fair

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