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November 2012 Newsletter

Principal’s Greeting

Following the tragic death of a teenager in British Columbia last month, once again the ugly issue of cyber bullying has raised its head in our discussions as a staff and with our students.  What is happening at Lucerne that is helping students to be more respectful to each other and at the same time build self-resilience? In our elementary school our counselor, Ashley Barker, is currently delivering a program with home room teachers called ‘Talking Peace’ that engages elementary students in ways that will encourage them to resolve conflict peacefully and build a safer, more respectful community in the classroom. It conveys the values and principles of restorative action through fun activities and exercises.

This month our secondary school students will take part in a day-long ‘wellness’ retreat at Heart’s Rest in New Denver led by Ashley Barker, Terry Taylor and Asia Garnett (the secondary counselor at Nakusp Secondary School). Discussion will evolve as the day unfolds but the intention is to have frank conversation with students on mental health issues, give students information on support services available for young people if they are struggling in themselves, how to avoid cyber bullying and why not to engage in any form of bullying.  Grades 7-9 will have their retreat on Tuesday, November 13th and Grades 10-12 will have their retreat on Tuesday, November 20th.

 More Staff News for 2012-2013

Our staffing is complete for the year –Kerry Heichert rejoins our Learning Assistance team and will work mainly in the Grade 4/5/6 classroom.    

We wish Patti Sebben a speedy recovery. Donna Hicks will continue in position until at least the end of Semester 1.

 PAC and the SPC (School Planning Council)

At the AGM in October the executive for PAC was nominated and elected in as follows: Paula Shandro -Chair, Julia Greenlaw – Vice Chair, Secretary –Beth Corven and Treasurer –Anita Dumins. The next PAC meeting is at 4.30pm in the library on November 7th and all new parents are welcome to attend. PAC have started the Hot Soup lunch program which is every Friday if school is in session. The cost to students is only $2 as it is subsidized by PAC.

At the PAC meeting nominations and an election will take place for three parent members of the SPC. This small group of parents, principal, Grade 12 student and teacher are responsible for creating a school plan that focuses on student achievement. The SPC meets three times a year and looks at achievement data plus considers how to target part of the school’s budget on student achievement. Please attend the PAC meeting on November 7th or put your name forward to either Paula Shandro or Natasha Miles if you wish to be considered for the SPC.

 Whatever the weather, we’ll weather the weather…

We live in a mountain region of BC so it rains in the autumn and snows in the winter. Elementary students should come to school ready for recess and lunchtime outside in all weather as fresh air helps clear the mind ready for the afternoon. Sometimes the gym is opened up at lunchtime but not always. When the snow comes, elementary students need snow pants to play in the snow. Elementary students should also have indoor shoes to change in to during lesson time and secondary students could also follow suit.

 Kootenay Savings Breakfast

The next breakfast cooked by the volunteer team from our KSCU New Denver branch is on Wednesday, November 21st starting at 8.15am for our early arrivals.

 Photo Retakes

Photo retakes are on Wednesday, November 7th.  For these you need to complete a pre-payment form that is available in the office and needs to be with the student at the time of the photo being taken.

 Ballet Kelowna

Our first ArtStarts performance of the year is on Friday, November 16th at 1pm. Everyone is welcome to watch Ballet Kelowna perform. Ballet Kelowna, one of Canada’s ten professional ballet companies, is breathtakingly beautiful. Its signature repertoire and educational program captivates youth and families across BC. We have some talented dancers in our school who will just love this performance to kick start the season.

 ‘A Place of Peace and Belonging’ Documentary Week

From Monday, November 26th the Grade 10-12 English and History class will be working for a week with film makers Moira Simpson and William Fritzberg on a cross-curricular project creating short documentary films with the working title of ‘A Place of Peace and Belonging’. This is a culmination of a term’s focus in several subject areas on ‘Making the World a Better Place’ but specifically looking at the Slocan Valley and its long history of settlement by various groups of people looking for a place of peace and belonging.

 And finally…

…our annual Remembrance Day assembly will be on Friday, November 9th at 10.40am. Everyone is welcome. Vern Hartman is looking for 16 parent and student volunteers who would like to carry a provincial flag in the Legion Remembrance Day Parade on Sunday, November 11th as he now has all the flags required for a full Colour Party. Please contact Vern directly or Natasha Miles who forward your name on to him.

 Dates for 2012-2013

Fri, Nov 9th Remembrance Day Assembly 10.40am

Mon, Nov 12th – 18th Work Experience (Grades 11-12)

Tue, Nov 13th Wellness Retreat –Grades 7-9

Tue, Nov 20th Wellness Retreat –Grades 10-12

Fri, Nov 23rd Report Cards Home

Thu, Dec 20th Winter Festive Production

Sat, Dec 24th Winter vacation starts

Mon, Jan 7th Schools Re-Open

*DATE CHANGE* Wed, 16th Jan Writing class coffee house

Wed, 23rd Jan Mid year exams start

Fri, Feb 8th Secondary report cards go home

Fri, Feb 15th NI Day

*DATE CHANGE* Mon, Feb 18th  BC Family Day

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