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November Newsletter

Principal’s Message

Our Remembrance Day Assembly will take place on Thursday, November 10th at 10.30am with Friday November 11th being a public holiday for everyone. Three of our students have their birthday on November 11th. What a wonderful way of reminding us that due to the sacrifice that has been made by Canadians in wartime, these three birthday ‘triplets’ were born in a peaceful, democratic country and have spent their lives knowing only peace. We hope to see you at our assembly. 

Terry Fox Run Fundraising News
Lucerne students and staff participated in the Terry Fox Run on September 27th. We raised a total of $967.80. Thanks to all who collected pledges and participated in the run. A big thanks also goes out to New Market Foods for donating oranges to enjoy after the run. Thank you to everyone that donated pledge money for this very worthwhile cause.

 PAC Meetings

At the AGM in October the new executive was nominated and voted in. Paula Shandro is the Chair for the school year ahead, Angie Elsmore is Vice-Chair, Theresa Tremaine is Secretary and Anita Dumins is Treasurer. The next meeting is on Wednesday, November 2nd at 4.30pm. Topics already on the agenda are selecting members for the School Planning Council and DPAC and a presentation to parents from the BCTF on internet use and cyber bullying. These presentations are scheduled on the evening of Wednesdays, 16th and 23rd November, times to be arranged. All parents are members of PAC and are welcome to attend.

 Board of Education Trustee Acclaimed!

Carol Bell, our incumbent trustee for the Eastern Zone has been acclaimed as trustee for the next three years. Congratulations to Carol and a big thanks for all you do for our school and our community, ensuring that we are represented at the Board of Education for School District 10. Carol can be contacted at cbell@sd10.bc.ca

 Term 1 Report Cards and Student Led Conferences

In a school year there are five required reporting periods; three which are formal and are in the form of a report card and two that are informal and at Lucerne come in the form of student led conferences. Term 1 ends for all students on November 4th and first report cards are due home on November 18th. AT THIS TIME OF GOING TO PRESS OF THE NEWSLETTER, the current job action by the BCTF instructs its members not to complete report cards, the report cards that do come home will only detail attendance and courses that students are taking. Teachers have been instructed to report to students and parents in a variety of other ways about student progress and achievement; through telephone calls, email, notes, comments on student work or informal meetings. At the student led conferences on Thursday, November 24th parents will be able to meet with teachers between 12.45pm and 3pm. Any parent who cannot make the allocated time at the conference should contact the home room teacher or subject teacher to arrange another meeting time or agree on another way to communicate on student progress.

 Work Experience Week

From November 7th to November 11th Grades 11 and 12 will be taking part in their first week of work experience. In order to fulfil graduation requirements three weeks must be completed in total and therefore a second week will take place in March 2012.

 Volunteers in School

We have had a great input in the first two months of school from members of our community coaching, leading activities in Harvest Fest, tutoring and supporting teachers in class. Thank you in particular to Susan Yurychuk for coaching volleyball, Barb Mark the volleyball team’s staff sponsor and Scott Kipkie for coaching and sponsoring the cross country team. Any volunteer who comes into school to help, who chaperones a field trip or who drives a team must complete a criminal record check and be cleared by the superintendent once the results of the search are complete. This is a voluntary action but without the clearance an adult cannot work with our students – we are sure that our community understands that a school must be a safe place for our children and we need to know about the adults who work with them.

 Hot Soup and KSCU Breakfast Programs

PAC have started their hot soup programs again. They are on Fridays and the soup and bread costs $2 each week. PAC subsidise the lunch for students who cannot afford it each week and also volunteer their time to serve up the soup. Paula Shandro is always looking for volunteers with this.

 Our New Denver branch of Kootenay Savings chose the Food for Thought breakfast program as their charity to support on Credit Union Day on October 20th. Starting on Wednesday November 16th at 8.15, the volunteer team from KSCU will come to school once a month to cook a wonderful hot breakfast for students. Thank you for choosing us KSCU!

 And finally…

 Our student council was elected on September 30th. Congratulations to the executive: Danika Hammond – President, Sadye Butler – Vice-President, Jessica Pownall – Secretary, Cypress Hunder-Rookes – Treasurer. Class reps for a two month period are: Aja Reinhart Grade 8/9, Téo Elsmore and Hannah Corven Grade 5/6/7 and Sylus Warren and Kira Johnson Grade 2/3/4.