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January 2011

January 2011

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Principal’s Message
 
Another busy month with a great group of kids, and this year seems to be flying by. We are atthe halfway point and we have seen some amazing things from our students and school com-munity. I am always grateful that I am a part of the Forest Green family. What a great school!
We are glad to say “hello” and “welcome back” in the past couple of months to staff members.
Shehnaz Wierenga has come back to Forest Green School and the staff and students could not
 be happier. Shehnaz‟s dedication to students is evident the minute you meet her and we
missed her dearly. Welcome back Shehnaz!Linda Trippel has recently joined our staff and is teaching with our EYALT program. Shedoes a fantastic job with the students and is a welcome addition to our staff. Great to have youwith us Linda :)There are some fantastic opportunities that are coming up in the next few months that I wantedto notify our school community about. We are SO EXCITED to have the Family Dance re-turning this year and are even happier that the School Council will be sponsoring it this year soit will be free for all of our families! Thanks to all of the volunteers who put in a ton of time tomake this a great event for our school. The kids are very excited about the opportunity todance all night long! The Family Dance will be held on March 18th! Make sure you plan to be there.We are also excited to welcome back 3rd Street Beat in May to work with our students on their 
“Hip
-
Hop” moves. The group will be working with the students the first week of May with a
 performance being held on Friday, May 6 at 1pm. We are looking forward to this day but weREALLY need parents to ensure that they park in appropriate spots as we have busses comingin during this time. Believe me, it is worth the walk to see this show! Thanks so much for theSchool Council sponsoring this event. The students have also earned this opportunity throughfunding from the Recycling Club.
Thanks for a great first half of the year. Let‟s make the second half even better!
 
 Sincerely,George Couros Principal, Forest Green School/Connections for Learning http://forestgreenschool.ca  Email: gcouros@psd70.ab.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!December 
Congratulations to the studentsand staff that put on a WONDERFUL Christ-mas concert. Awesome work everyone!
January
Basketball season begins!
January
Ski club!!
January 21
First broadcast of the ―ForestGreen News‖ by the grade 6 students.
 
KEY DATES FOR February
 
February 1
 — 
School Council Meeting at Forest Green (3:30).
February 10-11
 — 
Teachers will be attending their annual teacher convention(no school for students).
February 14
 —Valentine‟s Day
 
February 15, 16 & 17
 — 
Scholastic Book Fair 
 — 
9:00 to 3:30pm
February 21
 — 
Family Day Holiday (No School)
St. Patrick's (Day) Family Dance
 
YEAH! The family dance is just around the corner! Mark your calendar for Friday March 18th from 6:30-9:30.To make this dance a success I need some great volunteers and that is YOU!Give me a call or email me if you would like to be involved at 780-963-7017or  jeff020@telus.netLet's come together for some community spirit, fun and dancing and makethis years family dance a huge success. It's time to dance!!
School Fees
School fees were dueSeptember 30, 2010. If you have not yet paidyour school fees,please see Mrs. Bu-chaski to make ar-rangements as soonas possible.
 
Forest Green School
 
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COSC Workshop:
Blogging and Learning Using Web 2.0 
Technology and social media are everywhere. Children are connecting around the world at a young age, but are they doing this in an appropriate way? Educators around the world as well as here in Parklandare using social media as a way of connecting, collaborating, and creating projects that are relevant tostudents, while preparing them to be responsible and ethical digital citizens.In this presentation, George Couros, Principal of Forest Green School/CFL, with Lesley Cameron andCorre Mahan, will show how technology is evolving in schools to create enhanced learning environ-ments. Through the use of social media, George will show how technology creates learning opportuni-ties at both home and abroad and demonstrate how parents can take part in their child's education.This presentation will be held at Forest Green School on Tuesday, March 1, at 7pm. Come check it out!
Rainbows
We are bringing the RAINBOWS™ program to Forest Green
through Alberta Parenting for the Future. The program wascreated to provide children with an opportunity for healing af-ter a painful loss (of divorce, death and other familychanges...). The children are taught skills that will enablethem to cope with painful life changes and everyday issues ina positive manner. If you think your child would bene-fit from such a program please contact Mrs. Kari at780-963-7366.
Grade 6 News
Grade six student will be heading toCamp YoWoChAs, February 7
th
 –
9
th
.We will take part in a variety of outdoor skills and team building activities.
D.A.R.E graduation will take place onFeb.22
nd
for our grade six studentswho successfully complete the pro-gram.
Book Fair!
The Scholastic Book Fair is scheduled for February 15th, 16th and 17th.The fair will be open from 9 to 3:30 on these days.Scholastic credits our library with a large percentage from the cost of thebooks at the sale. This is an excellent opportunity to add new titles to ourcollection.To help support the classroom libraries, a portion of the profit from thebook fair will be available for each classroom teacher to select some booksfor their room.The busiest times are first recess and lunch recess.If anyone would be available to help during the fair, please call Mrs.Shmyr @780-963-7366.

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