Friday, May 29, 2009
If anyone has any comments to share from the week, or stories they'd like to share - photos, videos, etc., please let me know - I'll get them posted on here promptly.
With the council's mandate of getting and keeping Haultain parents engaged, it would be fantastic to see more comments and posts on the blog. Keep them coming!
By Lisa Kadane, Canwest News Service
Geri Greiner's picture of her kids' childhood was simple. They would spend hours playing, as she had. They would be creative and entertain themselves with simple toys or dress-up clothes.
But in the beginning, it wasn't that easy. The Calgary mom succumbed to the pressure to enrol her daughter and son in activities, including Gymboree and swimming.
Click here to read the full story.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Last-minute amendments made by the province's Conservative majority government to the parental rights option in Bill 44 do little to address concerns from the province's teachers, the president of the Alberta Teachers' Association, Frank Bruseker, said Wednesday.
The legislation giving Alberta parents the right to pull their children from classroom discussions about sex, sexual orientation or religion, moved to third reading early Wednesday after a debate which went on for hours at the Alberta legislature.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Inside the museum, students learned of the timeline of the area, beginning with glacial movement through the valley, the appearance of mammoths, camels and prehistoric horses approximately 11, 000 years ago, to bison, pronghorn antelope and appearance of human activity around 8,000 years ago.
On the opposite walls we found the history of the important settlers to the site: John Glenn, William Roper-Hall, and Patrick Burns. Students focused on one of the three, sketching their portrait and learning their history in order to adopt their persona for creative writing in the afternoon.
After lunch we walked along paths to learn of the origin of Fish Creek (Known first by native peoples as Sikome Creek – meaning “black fish” creek for the abundant trout in its waters. “Black Fish Creek” shortened to “ Fish Creek”, and the word Sikome was honored in the name of the manmade lake nearby. Unfortunately, on our walk, we encountered a fallen young owl, reminding us of the natural cycle of life and death in the park.
We explored the buffalo jump and pound used by the First Nations groups for over 8000 years and listened to a story of the jump from the perspective of one of its members.
Lastly, we were left to adopt the persona of our chosen settler and wrote in our journals about the Fish Creek valley through their eyes.
The day flew by! As usual, it was a pleasure to participate in an outing with such creative, attentive and well behaved students. What a great way to be transported back to the grandeur and beauty of an age gone by right here in our own neighborhood!
There is huge gap between how safe Canadian parents believe their homes to be and how safe they actually are, according to a new survey on home product safety.
The Harris/Decima survey released today found that 86 per cent of Canadians assume the products they bring into their homes are safe for them and their family.
But that is a misconception the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto says sends children under the age of 15 to emergency rooms across the country 18,000 times every year.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
You never think you're That Guy until it's too late.
A couple of years ago, after five seasons coaching my oldest daughter in softball, I decided to retreat to the sidelines. The way I figured it, she'd benefit playing for someone else. Besides, it would be a lot easier on me. I was half-right.
Monday, May 25, 2009
By Sarah McGinnis, Calgary Herald
Parents and educators called on the province Saturday to overhaul the education system to better meet the needs of students, especially in a tightening labour market where education is increasingly vital.
"I hope there is a real restructuring," said mom-of-four Jennifer Sommerfeldt, one of 120 parents, educators and community leaders who gathered in Calgary to discuss the future of the education system.
"Education has not been reformed since the '30s," added the mother from Standard, a village about 80 kilometres east of Calgary. "The only changes that have occurred is how we consolidate what age groups (go) into a class."
The Calgary consultation is one of 10 community talks being held across Alberta as part the province's Inspiring Education initiative.
Click here to read the full story.
Friday, May 22, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Parents even coordinated supervision for our lunchroom and for outside so ALL staff could enjoy this fantastic treat. You would think that this effort and generosity would be enough, yet parents went a step further, arranging gift cards for all staff members to a variety of locations. The pinnacle of the pampering, however, were the personalized, heart-felt comments, made by students about staff members, that were posted about the room.
So... on behalf of all of the staff of Haultain Memorial, a sincere and deep thanks to everyone who contributed to the staff appreciation luncheon. Your efforts speak volumes to the character of the Haultain community.
Trevor Barkley, Principal
In most missing child cases, the danger comes from someone the child or the parents know.
In 2007, there were 285 parental abductions in Canada compared to 56 stranger abductions, according to an annual report released by National Missing Children Services. According to the agency, children under the age of 12 are most vulnerable to parental abductions.
I went on ad nauseum at last night's Parent Association meeting about my role as a member of the CBE's 'Key Communicator Steering Committee' - and I thought I'd post the following as a summary, for those of you who are interested:
Key Communicator Steering Committee:
Each Area is represented by one or two KC's at the Key Communicator Steering Committee, which assists in planning and organizing system and Area meetings, as well as monitoring and evaluating their purposes. The CBE Parent Communications Specialist chairs this committee and supports the work of the Key Communicators. Communication between Area Directors and KC Steering Committee members is encouraged to coordinate topics and Area meetings. The KC Steering Committee meets as a group (usually Fridays during lunch) after every system meeting, and members meet occasionally at the Area level (with Area Directors and/or System Assistant Principals and other KC Steering Committee member from the Area) to determine logistics for Area meetings.
Also, as promised, I'm posting this video which Lynn recommended for viewing:
Sobering and interesting. Check it out if you get the time. Thanks for that, Lynn. Thanks also to everyone who offered their comments on our blog, and who brought up items for discussion last night. It was great to meet Mrs. Sarginson and crew also.
Please, if anyone has trouble posting comments on this blog, or needs some help, let Shane or I know - and we'll guide you through the process. I gave a quick tutorial last night, and encountered a technical hiccup which apparently happens to a lot of people - so if you've had trouble, don't feel as though it only happens to you! We can help you log your comments, or even post an entry, if you like.
Enjoy your Thursday!
Some quick notes from last night:
- Write-a-thon starts next week
- Proposed school hours and calendar were presented, posting on that to follow
- We will be planning Alien in-line and HOJA for next year
- Staff presented some great feedback regarding our Artist-in-Residence program
- The engagement process for decision making regarding school accommodation in our communities after next year was presented - details to follow
- Sherry/Sherri/Annika gave us an ASCA AGM report and review
- Skate Park Demo will be on June 3
- The foyer cabinet project is on pace for completion
- The McKenzie Towne Parent Association establishment group gave us an update
- Nick explained some of the work he is doing with the CBE steering committee
- much more...
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Why hire a babysitter when you can get child care for free?
That's Christine Shakespeare's logic. After landing tickets to the Flight of the Conchords Vancouver show a few weeks ago, the Coquitlam, B.C., mother of two dropped her kids off for the evening at her sister-in-law's, with one string attached: She has to return the favour.
Feeling a little strain on their purse strings, the two women have struck up a formal child-care swapping deal: Instead of paying for care, they'll be each other's cash-free babysitters.
Click here to read the full story.
On the weekend, delegates to the annual general meeting of the Alberta Teachers' Association (ATA) passed a resolution asking the province to delete the section of the bill that contains the amendments. On Tuesday, ATA President Frank Bruseker sent a letter to Premier Ed Stelmach notifying him about the resolution and the teachers' concerns.
Click here to read the full story.
If anyone in the community has any information whatsoever regarding this, please contact Constable Karen Moffat of the Calgary Police service at at 403-567-6800.
Most of us heard it from our parents: "money doesn’t grow on trees," but was that where our financial education at home ended?
All too often, that's the case, according to Stacy DeBroff, a parenting author from Boston who recently wrote A Parent's Guide to Raising Fiscally Responsible Children (Simon & Schuster, $12).
Despite their good intentions, parents are setting their kids up for a life of financial failure by sheltering their children from hard financial realities.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
94% of respondents answered yes to "Did you and/or your kids enjoy the HOJA presentation?"
Here are some of the comments:
- They were great
- My daughter loved them, play it again sam
- I think HOJA had a positive and uplifting message.
- Liked how it was guys singing
- I thought they were fabulous
- My daughter was amazed by how fluent their voice instruments were
- HOJA captured the audience and entertained all age groups
- Thanks for such a wonderful presentation
- Very fun, lively and entertaining. The students loved it and really enjoyed themselves, as did I.
- It was aweseome!! Well worth the money, the kids love it, as did all the parents!!! Rock on!
- What is it?
Friday, May 15, 2009
Treating mental-health problems in children entering school may help prevent victimization from bullying, say researchers who tracked 400 Canadian children.
In the May/June issue of the journal Child Development, researchers said they found children entering first grade with signs of depression and anxiety or excessive aggression were at risk of being chronically victimized by their classmates by third grade.
"Children's early mental-health problems can set the stage for abuse by their peers," said psychology Prof. Bonnie Leadbeater of the University of Victoria, who led the study.
When Quentin Blake, Anne Fine, Michael Morpurgo, Jacqueline Wilson and Michael Rosen revealed their choices, there was not a Harry Potter adventure in sight. Even more surprising, one literary expert said yesterday, was that Pullman's Northern Lights did not make the list.
Click here to read the full story.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
• Government of Alberta Health and Wellness - Influenza A (H1N1) Virus
• Public Health Agency of Canada - Travel Health Notice
• World Health Organization - Influenza A (H1N1)
• Alberta Health Services - Influenza A (H1N1) – Questions and Answers
With all health matters, the Calgary Board of Education takes its direction from the Alberta Medical Officer of Health who has put the province’s health system on alert and is asking Albertans to take precautions and minimize the spread of infection. Alberta’s health officials are working closely with Public Health Canada to monitor influenza activity related to the new strain reported in Mexico. The CBE is co-operating closely with health officials. We are also monitoring people returning from school or business trips to areas affected by the outbreak.
Nothing makes 15-year-old Maddie happier than working endlessly to perfect her gymnastics techniques. She has the kind of dedication that would make any parent proud. But while parents are concerned about their kids being undisciplined, is it possible for a child to be too dedicated? Maddie doesn't have time for other sports, and her contact with school friends is extremely limited. She doesn't mind, saying that she has learned "extremely good time management skills and lots of discipline" at the gym.
Click here to read the full article.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Prolific children's author Frieda Wishinsky is a great advocate for parents reading aloud to their children.
"I don't think it matters how you do it. What matters is what works," says the Toronto writer and former special education teacher.
Parents can discover what works for their child, she continues, by keeping "an ear to the ground. You have to know what's happening with your kid."
The child should be allowed to share in the reading or to just listen, she says. Parents risk turning the child off reading by being too technical about the process, according to Wishinsky. What's important is that the experience be pleasurable for both child and parent.
Now is a great time to start thinking of issues you'd like discussed. The next Council meeting is on May 20th at 6:30 in the library at Haultain - so there is a full week to email concerns and issues to the Council, and have them brought to the table.
Alternatively, you can post them as comments on this blog, or even attend the Council meeting in person to mention them. (There's no harm in bringing a few doughnuts to share if you DO.)
Parent involvement speaks loudly!
LONDON -- The parents of a seven-year-old say he's been bullied by a junior kindergarten boy, a youngster roughly half his age.
The Oxford County couple say the attacks -- from kicking to tackling -- are so bad, they now only send their child to his rural school on days when the four-year-old isn't there.
Frustrated, Paul and Tanya Kesner have hired a lawyer.
Click here for the full posting.
Two Calgary students are among the latest Albertans infected with the H1N1 virus.
Letters were sent home with students at Springbank Community high school and Elbow Valley elementary school on Monday after a pupil from each fell ill with the virus, said Rocky View Schools spokeswoman Angela Spanier.
Though the infected students have been isolated at home and do not pose an ongoing risk to other students or staff, Rocky View Schools is closely monitoring signs of the virus with morning and afternoon flu checks, she said.
"We have heightened our pandemic protocol," she said.
"When we have a case we ask teachers to do morning and afternoon school checks -- the teachers check their class and ask if everyone is feeling OK.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
1) How long have you been a principal and where was that experience?
I have had the privilege of being a principal for 11 years at three different locations. Each experience has been rewarding with children learning, parents involved and staff focused on keeping children at the centre. I began at Maple Ridge School, moved to James Short Memorial and then onto Janet Johnstone School. Each was unique and an inspiring opportunity.
2) Before that how long and where were you teaching?
I taught at a number of schools before becoming an administrator. I taught kindergarten, grade 1 and 2, in James Short and Ramsay. I was a specialist for Kindergarten and Language Arts for three years. I was fortunate to teach art, drama physical education and library skills to Division II at Mountain View as an AP. During my first principalship I taught art and drama to two special education classes in Division I and II. I believe it is my 23rd year of teaching.
3) Do you have children of your own?
We have two adorable children who now have their own children. Yes, I am a grandmother to three grandchildren aged 2, 4 and 6 years. Until I became a grandmother, I didn't realize it is "the best of the best".
4) Where did you go to university?
I attended the University of Calgary for my undergraduate and graduate work. My emphasis was on Early Childhood. I went to University after I was married and had two children during that time period.
5) If you had to sum up your teaching philosophy in one sentence, what would it be?
That is an excellent question as it causes me to reflect on my beliefs and values. First and foremost "Every child matters". If I envision for a moment it is about living together in a democratic community where children are actively engaged in meaningful learning. Here's a motto that captures the celebration of children learning and may read something like "Imagine. Inquire. Inspire".
6) How do you feel about fund raising using casinos?
Although, I don't gamble, I respect that for our school having a casino is the most effective and efficient way to raise money for our children and their learning. Extra resources are a support and an asset to a school climate. In thinking what is significant is the ability for our children to be critical thinkers and with that having a strong connection with technology, curriculum and the arts. Technology is ever changing and with that comes expenditure...
7) What role do you see parents fulfilling in today's public education system?
I see parents having a number of different roles in a school community. The traditional roles of volunteering in the classroom or learning commons (library), helping out with fieldtrips, being involved in School Council, are invaluable. I purport that embracing the sense of mutual respect between us and having conversations and exploring questions that matter will extend our notion of what is important to our children and their learning.
8) What do you see as the biggest challenge faced by McKenzie Towne Elementary School (name TBD) for the 2009/2010 year?
I would concur there will most certainly be hiccups along the way. It will be as much how we face the problems and think deeply about how to solve them as the challenges themselves. It may require us to 'think out of the box'. It will be paramount to take the time to build a spirit of community and form relationships of students, staff and parents. That will keep us focused on what's significant. Together we will be able to solve the challenges and find results. Change is ever present - it is providing the time, quality time to work as a team.
9) In your past school(s), was the Council/Parent Association active and collaborative?
Very much collaboration and team work are at the forefront. I am delighted to work alongside the School Council for the betterment of our children and their learning.
10) Can you tell us your favourite moment as a teacher and/or principal?
I am energized when I hear the everyday stories regarding students and their learning. It is about children stopping me in the halls and showing their work. It is a sense of wonder to hear their excitement. When I visit classrooms it is seeing all children engrossed in learning. It is the reward of learning! It heartens me that we have such outstanding and blossoming citizens.
Another favourite moment is when I hear staff talking about working with all their children in eloquent ways and having success with a most high spirited child. I have a great interest in living in a just and equitable world. To that end, much of my life has been invested in the development of our young children. May we do so together.
Thanks to Mrs. Sarginson for her time and for her thoughtful answers. If you would like the opportunity to meet with her in person she will be attending our next council meeting on May 20th in the Haultain library at 6:30pm.
Regular family meals look more and more like a silver bullet for raising happy and healthy kids, but researchers still aren't sure why.
The latest study to trace the benefits of gathering around the table shows Canadian children in Grades 6 to 8 drink less pop, eat less fast food, skip fewer breakfasts and even think they make healthier food choices when out with their friends, if they dine more often with their families.
We've all been subjected to that aggressive driver who frightens us, annoys us, horrifies us.
You know the types. Their repertoire of dangerous driving antics is long. They habitually exceed the speed limit, they don't signal, tailgate, weave in and out of traffic, fail to stop at a stop sign, routinely run red lights.
The average driver hates that.
A Traffic Injury Research Foundation of Canada survey has revealed almost 90 per cent of us are convinced drivers are more aggressive than they were eight years ago.
Click here to read the full article.
Monday, May 11, 2009
- If we need to be informed about evolution, we should also be informed when creationism is being taught.They are both theories and no evidence enough to support either.
- I caught a conversation about this bill on 1010 yesterday and I would not hogtie my kids' teachers that way. Even if I were to hold a different opinion than what was being taught I would be grateful to the educational system for broaching the subject and opening the door for an intellectual family conversation.
- I think if parents need to know when evolution is taught it gives them a reason to sit their kids out and if that's the case then those children should go to a catholic school or a school that teaches creationism.
Thanks again everyone for putting some thought into this and sharing your conclusions.
For more on this, the actual Bill (#44) is here, the education part starts on page 8, and this link (Google news), will show you the latest news about the bill from various perspectives. There is a lot to this issue and I would love to hear any more thoughts you have about Bill 44 - leave a comment!
"Mom, Dad, I think I'm in the wrong class," he said. "Why?" his parents wanted to know.
"Because the teacher and I are the only ones who can read," he told them.
The Pretoriuses, who live in Surrey, B.C., recount such stories with pride and a fair degree of amazement. The same sorts of stories will surely be told by the parents of Elise Tan Roberts, who last week made headlines around the world for becoming the youngest member ever of Mensa in Britain. With an IQ of 156, the two-year-old girl tested just below Albert Einstein, who had an IQ of 160. She joins such wunderkinds as Georgia Brown, who joined British Mensa in 2007 at 2¾ years old with an IQ of 152, and Mikhail Ali, who joined in 2005 at three years old with an IQ of 137.
Friday, May 8, 2009
The sounds of laughter, cheers and parents yelling encouragement used to signal the beginning of spring soccer in Calgary.
Alas, the game is apparently no longer the idyllic, if competitive, romp it once was.
Now the din of youthful enthusiasm is in danger of being drowned out by the voices of a few whacked-out parents who shamelessly crank up the decibels in an effort to insult and intimidate the young refs who oversee the game.
Keep in mind that these are 'adults' who yell profanities at kids as young as 12 and on occasion even try to make physical contact.
The situation has gotten so bad that two-thirds of the teenage game officials quit in their first year.
Click here to read the full article.
On Thursday, May 21st we are hosting a lunch for the staff as a small thank you for a banner year. We have some of the best teachers, administration and support staff in the CBE. Unfortunately, it will be the last year at Haultain for some. This is an excellent opportunity for us to acknowledge our great staff with a sumptuous repast and wow them with some mouth watering family favourites.
If you would like to contribute food to this event please let me know with an email as to what you are bringing. Typically the food items range from beverages, salads, desserts, sandwiches, bun, fruit & veggie platters to meat dishes for the carnivores in attendance. Remember to label your dishes/utensils. You may pick them up in the staff room at the end of the day. Please ensure that all contributions are nut free and that they are dropped off before 11:30 am on the 21st. If cooking or baking is not your forte then perhaps you would consider set up or clean up duties. Set up begins at 11am and clean up commences at 1pm.
Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help out.
There's an interesting read I found about the history of Mother's Day - I was surprised to learn that even the ancient Greeks took time out to devote to Mom.
So don't forget to treat Mom to a day off this Sunday. Make sure you tidy up. Help out around the house for the day. But most of all, start the day off right. Maybe take Mom out for a nice breakfast, or brunch.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
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A13-year-old Alberta boy was called a "hero" on The Oprah Winfrey Show on Wednesday for speaking out about his torment at the hands of bullies.
"Sometimes I just want to hit myself and ask myself:' Why me? Is it my fault?'"said Chase, who appeared on the hugely popular talk show along with his mother, Jackie.
It was Jackie who wrote to the show's producers, worried her son might harm himself after enduring years of verbal and physical abuse by his peers at St. Anthony School in Drayton Valley, about 140 kilometres southwest of Edmonton.
A headline in Saturday's Herald about a new study really gave me pause. It read: "Grade 6 students admit hitting dates." Appalling, isn't it? Not the hitting part; that's only secondary to what's really wrong with this scenario. It's the dates. Grade 6 students are dating? They're 10 and 11 years old! What are their parents thinking? Or not thinking?
Click here to read the full article.
An email bulletin for Key Communicators & School Council Chairs
Please share the information you receive in these emails with your school councils and parent communities.
System Meeting Follow-up:
The PowerPoint presentation on the future Parent Portal that Cindy Seibel, Director of Information Technology Services, presented at the System Meeting on April 22nd is now online. You can find it here.
If you are interested in becoming involved in the Parent Portal by providing input or potentially taking part in focus group research; or have questions regarding the presentation, you can email Cindy at email@example.com.
There are no more Area meetings scheduled for the 08/09 School Year. Thank you for attending this year's meetings and sharing the information with your parent communities.
If you have input or suggestions for topics at future Area meetings, contact your Key Communicator Steering Committee member:
2009/10 School Fee Information:
The 2009/10 school fee levels have been approved by the Board of Trustees and are now available online here. Information regarding Waiver of Fees can be found at this address: http://www.cbe.ab.ca/parents/forms.asp.
If you have any questions, please email me and I will seek to clarify the issue.
WorldSkills Calgary 2009:
WorldSkills Calgary will take place September 1 - 9, 2009. All Grade 9 and 10 students will attend. Here are the latest developments with WorldSkills Calgary 2009:
In addition, the CBE's WorldSkills website is continually being updated as we receive more information regarding our schools and this exciting event. You can check it out here or visit the WorldSkills Calgary 2009 homepage at http://www.worldskills2009.com/
You may contact Marsha Levy at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you may have that have not been addressed on these websites.
H1N1 Flu Outbreak:
The Calgary Board of Education is monitoring the flu situation very closely and has a plan in place should there be direction from Alberta Health Services to go beyond monitoring. Staff and student travel that has been approved will go ahead, except trips to
Parents are encouraged to check their school websites for a link to the latest information on this issue.
The next issue of the Trustee-zine, the electronic newsletter from the Trustees' Office, will focus on student work and is scheduled to come out in mid-June.
School Council Development (SCD) provides workshops and resource materials to assist school councils.
School Council Development provides the following services:
Check out this site for reports presented to the Board, Board decisions made and highlights of public Board meetings.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Spreading swine flu. The abduction of eight-year-old Tori Stafford. Soldiers dying in Afghanistan. Record-breaking unemployment and bankruptcy.
The big bad news, like a scary monster, slays its way into our children's psyche.
Menacing images and information confront children with unrelenting immediacy, detail and vividness, leaving some distressed, emotionally wounded and fearful.
"It's scary times out there for kids -- the issues are all so threatening," says Dr. Joanne Cantor.
"TV news is not appropriate for kids of any age -- or even adults! It's presented in the most sensational, traumatic and speculative way... and kids are really sensitive to the images of tragedy and distress."
For some children, fears can remain for years, says Cantor, a leading researcher on the impact of media on children. "These TV images are really powerful and can cause sleep disturbances and anxieties -- it's not good for them at all."
The multi-media news machine is insatiable, indiscriminate and unstoppable, so what's a parent to do?
Click here for the full story.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
A controversial new bill does not give Alberta parents the right to pull their children out of science classes when evolution is discussed, according to Lindsay Blackett, the provincial minister responsible for human rights.
New rules buried in a proposed amendment to Alberta's human rights legislation that extends rights to homosexuals would require schools to notify parents in advance of "subject matter that deals explicitly with religion, sexuality or sexual orientation." Parents can then ask for their child to be excluded from the discussion.
Monday, May 4, 2009
Thanks to all who responded; here are the results to the question "How would you like to receive Mr. Barkley's monthly Haultain Newsletter". Email was the largest preference at 55% with Hard Copy and Website coming in at 19% and 17%, with the Blog coming in at 9%. I'm sure Mr. Barkley will be relieved to know that "I never want to see it again." came in at 0%. Keep up the good work Mr. Barkley!
Pending approval and based on this survey, we will likely be sending the newsletter out in all digital formats. I'm sorry to all the people who wanted a hard copy but the CBE has asked all schools to try as hard as possible to cut back on paper usage. That being said, I will have a couple of hard copies of the newsletter available at each Council meeting from now on - so all you paper lovers come out to the meeting and pick up your newsletter.
Stay tuned for Micro-Survey #3.
Cricket is a team sport for two teams of eleven players each. A formal game of cricket can last anything from an afternoon to several days.
Although the game play and rules are very different, the basic concept of cricket is similar to that of baseball. Teams bat in successive innings and attempt to score runs, while the opposing team fields and attempts to bring an end to the batting team's innings. After each team has batted an equal number of innings (either one or two, depending on conditions chosen before the game), the team with the most runs wins.
(Note: In cricket-speak, the word "innings'' is used for both the plural and the singular. "Inning'' is a term used only in baseball.)
Here's a reminder that grades 3-6 are playing cricket this week, and that Div II Floor Hockey is being played tomorrow at 3pm.
Here's another reminder to get involved in Haultain via this blog, and tell other parents to get involved. Asking questions, emailing your thoughts and feedback, offering information or photos to put on this blog - all great ways to show your commitment to keeping Haultain as a part of the community.
Enjoy your Monday!
Start by making up a three-column (credit, debit and balance) financial ledger. You can buy this Treble Cash journal at an office supply store or just set it up on the computer on a spreadsheet, whatever works for you.
Friday, May 1, 2009
The leaves seemed suddenly crisper. "Mom, I need sunglasses," said I, while eyeing my mom with her gargantuan sunglasses on my 8-year-old face. "I see a lot better with sunglasses on."
She shrugged and obliged. But when I donned my first sunglasses, I was profoundly disappointed. The leaves just continued to blur in the wind, albeit somewhat darker.