Thursday, September 5, 2013

A Welcome message from Mrs. O'Connor!

Welcome back to Haultain Memorial School. We hope everyone had an enjoyable holiday filled with their favorite summer pursuits. A warm and special welcome is extended to all the students and their families new to Haultain School. We look forward to getting to know all of you. You have chosen an amazing and caring community in which your children will learn and flourish and also one we are very proud and honoured to be part of. The quote above demonstrates the strength of mind and spirit that the citizens of Calgary demonstrated during and after the flood.

This spirit lies within our students and as educators we have an opportunity to provide them with the wonderful learning experiences that will draw out that potential within each child. Since August our staff has been eagerly preparing and planning for the return of our students. It is wonderful to see so much spirit and energy as teachers work together, supporting new members of staff and organizing materials in their classrooms. On that note the school looks gorgeous, sparkling and clean. Many thanks extended to Mr. Rochon who has worked hard to be ready for the first day. Please see the newsletter for a posting of the classrooms and their teachers.

 During the 2013- 2014 school year, we have many exciting learning events planned for our students, including a residency with Hip Hop dancing and presentations from Evergreen and Quest Theatre productions and Open Minds School at the Cross Conservatory. Many thanks to our School Council for their dedicated efforts in providing resources that allow us to embrace an incredible variety of activities that extend curriculum while engaging our children in creative and inspiring learning experiences. Please plan on attending the exciting events that are hosted for families as well. Our first Ice Cream Social will be September 11, starting at 6:30 pm.

 Our teachers will be scooping, serving and sprinkling toppings so please mark your calendars. Parent –Teacher Conferences will be held on Thursday, September 19, 4:00 pm to 8:00pm and Friday, September 20, 8:00am to 1:00pm. This first conference of the year provides parents with an opportunity to meet with their child’s teacher share information. Our newsletter is sent out via email at the beginning of each month and can be accessed through the school website. We are happy to announce we will be implementing an additional new form of communication to parents called SchoolConnects.

This communication system provides parents with immediate messages through their emails and their phone lines to keep our Haultain School community current with any announcements, reminders and messages. This will especially play an important role in our school home fan out system. We hope to have this system up and operating by the middle of the month and will be sending a letter to introduce this new communication tool. We will still be happy to provide paper copies of the newsletter for any families who do not have access to technology. We are greatly looking forward to an exciting year and wish you all the very best of experiences in your learning journey with us this year. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to call or email me at the school.

 Best regards, Colleen O’Connor Principal, Haultain Memorial School

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