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October 2013 Newsletter

PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE
We’ve had a great start-up here at Lucerne. September started off with a wonderful welcome back Barbecue hosted by the staff. Thank you to everyone who brought food, cooked, cleaned and donated use of equipment!
The 4/5/6 canoe trip was a great experience for our intermediate students. We appreciate all the help and time offered by the parents and staff who helped support this great outdoor learning opportunity.
Our first immersion week was backpacking with Mr. Parkstrom. It was a great activity with a good range of hiking challenges for all of the students.
On the 25th we had our Terry Fox Run with all students participating in the run. Many were running for friends or family members affected by cancer.
We also had another tasty breakfast from the great staff at the Kootenay Savings Credit Union. Thanks KSCU for supporting our students with a healthy meal to start their day!
HarvestFest activities put on by PAC helped connect students with the foods, plants, animals, and crafts that are such an important part of our Fall season.
Thank you everyone for the inspiring support of our staff and the wonderful students who help make Lucerne the best place for learning in the world!

INDIVIDUAL DIRECTED LEARNING (IDL)
After the PAC AGM on Wednesday, October 9th, Mr. Kipkie and I will be meeting with parents to share information on the progress of the immersion weeks and IDL. We encourage you to come out to the PAC AGM and then join us after for our short presentation.
“The habits of a vigorous mind are formed in contending with difficulties. Great necessities call out great virtues” – Abigail Adams

PHOTO DAY
October 15th is photo day for students. As this is the day right after the Thanksgiving Weekend it will be important to add an extra reminder to your calendars.

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS
We held our first fire drill this week and I was very pleased with the order, and effectiveness students and staff demonstrated in exiting the building in a timely manner. I have reminded our young students that we practice these drill as a way of helping us feel even safer at school.
I would like to take a moment to remind everyone that in the event of a school closure relating to any unexpected safety incident;
1. Please ensure if you are traveling to the school to assist or receive your child that you are mindful of leaving parking and access for any emergency or maintenance vehicles.
2. For safety reasons, students will not be released to anyone except their legal parent/guardian. The emergency contact person listed on the student information sheet at the school may pick students up only after the school has received verbal permission from that child’s parent/guardian to do so.

UNIVERSITY LIAISON DAY
October 16th is University Liaison Day for our secondary students. This is an event where the different colleges and universities in our region come and connect with students to share their program offerings. Ms Barker has been organizing this event as well as the Wordfest activity from the 18th to 20th of October. Thank you Ashley for helping make these events available to our student learners.

HEALTHY SCHOOLS
Special thanks go out to those in the community who have made food contributions and to the generous support of Ms. Mark and Ms. Heichert. Through their combined efforts we are able to provide breakfast on occasion to students who may need a piece of toast or a bowl of hot cereal to start their learning day off on the right foot.
On another note, I am concerned with the health choices of some of our students relating to energy type drinks. These drinks have extremely high amounts of sugar and caffeine. The ones I have observed label themselves as not being recommended for children. Even if these products are being used in moderation at home, here at school the high levels of sugar and caffeine are likely to affect student attention and focus in learning. Please discuss the proper use of energy drinks with your child. We are asking that students not bring energy drinks to school.

RECOGNIZING SUCCESS
Congratulations to the Girls’ Volleyball Team on their first games of the season. Playing against the larger schools in the region our team played very competitively keeping scores close in all their games. The girls’ coach this year is Sayde Butler one of our recent LESS grads!

Congratulations also to Kolibri, Jay and Amelie for their participation in the Sufferfest. Jay and Amelie placed first in their category and Bri placed second in her category.

In the Kootenay Kramp, Kolibri and Devon placed 4th and 8th place in their respective categories.

UPCOMING EVENTS
Mon, Oct 7th- 11th Martial Arts week with Mr. Bardati
Wed, Oct 9th AGM and IDL Information Meeting
Mon, Oct 14th Thanksgiving
Tue, Oct 15th Photo Day
Wed, Oct 16 University Liaison Day
Fri, Oct 25th Pro-D Day
Fri, Nov 8th End of Term 1
Fri, Nov 8th School Remembrance Day Assembly (10:45)
Mon, Nov 11th Remembrance Day
Mon Nov 18th-22nd Digital Media Info Tech with Mr. Kipkie
Mon Nov 18th-22nd Work experience week Grades 11 and 12
Fri, Nov 22nd, 1st Report Card home for all students