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November 2011

November 2011

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Principal’s Message
 
With only 3 more weeks of school, Christmas will be upon us very soon and we are lookingforward to all of the activities that will be happening at Forest Green! We have had a greatstart to the year, with a lot of new initiatives that are really propelling our school forward as a21st century leader in Education. Although improving school is something that is continuousand ongoing, none of this can happen without developing strong relationships with our stu-dents and school community. We hope to see many parents come out during our Christmasconcerts and caroling days! Thanks for your continuous participation in our school environ-ment.Report cards have just come home, and you may have noticed a change in the formatting.This is to ensure that our reporting is clear and concise, not only for parents, but also stu-dents. Changing this format also provides easy information for the following teacher so thatthey have a better understanding of where the child is at in their development.
As winter has come, and the roads have become more icy, let’s all slow down and ensure the
safety of our students. Also, please ensure that we are not blocking any driveways of our neighbours. We want to ensure that we are all taking care of and are thoughtful of our ForestGreen community.On November 15th, our staff had a fantastic Professional Development day and had the op- portunity to also learn with and from some Forest Green parents. Thanks so much to CorrieErdman and Becky Corbett for joining us on this day. Your thoughts and input are so valu-able to our learning community!As we only have a short time before the end of school, this will be the last newsletter of the2010 year.On behalf of the staff, have a fantastic break and we look forward to seeing you partake inour Christmas activities and connecting in the new year!
 Sincerely,George Couros Principal, Forest Green School/Connections for Learning http://forestgreenschool.ca 
 
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If you have questions aboutweather cancellations or routedelays, schedules or any other  bussing concern, check outthe Parkland Transportationweb site @
Forest Green School
5210 - 45 StreetStony Plain, ABT7Z 1R5
 Phone: 780-963-7366  Fax: 780-963-0341
What HAPPENED at Forest Green!November 10
Grade 5 students led an as-sembly to honour Remembrance Day.Thanks to all students and staff for makingthis a beautiful tribute to those who haveserved our country.
November 15
Staff PD Day attended byForest Green and CFL staff, along with par-ents and Deputy Superintendent, Kelly Wil-kins. Great day of collaboration and learningfrom our staff and community!
 
KEY DATES FOR December
December 7 -
All Forest Green students going to see ―The Grinch Who StoleChristmas‖ at Horizon Stage
 December 10
Kindergarten and Grade 1 Christmas Concert (1:30-3PM)
December 15
Grade 2-3 Choir and Handbell Concert (7-8 PM)
December 16
Grade 4-6 Christmas Concert (7-8PM)
December 17
Last day of school before Christmas Break! Have a safe holiday!
Christmas Caroling at Forest Green
Want to get into the Christmas Spirit? Come join our entire school for Christmas Caroling! Parents are wel-come to partake (please sign in at the office first!). This is a great opportunity for us to continuously buildcommunity within our school!The times and dates are below:
Monday, December 13
9:00
 –
9:30 AM
Tuesday, December 14
9:00
 –
9:30 AM
Wednesday, December 15 
1:00
 –
1:30 PM
 Thursday, December 16 
1:00
 –
1:30 PM
 Friday, December 17 
9:00
 –
9:30 AM
 
 
Forest Green School
 
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How our staff is getting better! Forest Green School Professional Development(October)
Mrs. Holland attended a Non-Violent Crisis Certification recertification program to update her skills in thisarea.
Forest Green and CFL led a staff development session based on effective use of technology to improvelearning while also increasing Critical Thinking opportunities in the classroom. Thanks to the parents andSuperintendent Kelly Wilkins for joining us.
Mrs. Cameron and Ms. Mahan continued to do their work with Balanced Literacy led by our very own Mrs.Wandio.
Mr. Usiskin continued to work with staff in their class to embed Critical Thinking and the effective use of technology into classroom practice.
Mrs. Shmyr led our EAs in a technology inservice.
Mr. Couros attended Alberta Technology Leaders in Education conference in Red Deer, Alberta. This wasa great opportunity to discuss the innovative practices being created by our staff andstudents at Forest Green!
Internet Safety & Security for Parents - A Parent Information Session
This informal session is designed to give parents a better understanding of how to effectively deal with their childand the influence of the internet within the family. Cst. Barbara Roy, RCMP, Stony Plain, will provide parents withthe basic knowledge of the internet, identify the types of threats children can be exposed to, and give parents help-ful tools and tips to actively approach this increasing choice of communication among our children.This issue has been identified by our school councils as an important, emerging issue for parents, teachers, and our school community, and everyone is invited to attend. There will be an opportunity for questions and sharing follow-ing the session.Monday, January 10, 20117:00 p.m.Blueberry SchoolRange Rd. 20 & Parkland DriveStony Plain, AlbertaThis is a free session and refreshments will be served.To ensure enough chairs and refreshments, please RSVP to Leighann atklwolkowski@gmail.comby January 5, 2011.This session is part of a series of parent sessions being offered throughout the year in cooperation with the Councilof School Councils, Parkland School Division.

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