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March 2011 Newsletter

March 2011 Newsletter

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The March 2011 Newsletter for Forest Green School!
The March 2011 Newsletter for Forest Green School!

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Principal’s Message Every time I mention weather in my message, it only seems to get worse outside!

Hopefully it starts to look more like spring sooner than later. We had a very exciting month at Forest Green! Our Family Dance was a huge success and I really want to thank all of the staff, students, and ESPECIALLY parents that organized this awesome event. I truly believe that as a community we can really achieve some amazing things for our students, and this event exemplifies that. This only helped us to get to know each other better and help to build on already strong relationships. Thanks again for your involvement and leadership in this initiative. We have just completed our first ever round of “Student-Led Conferences” and we are very proud of our students for taking the lead in sharing their own learning. This, as with many other things in schools, is a learning process, we would really value your input on how this process could be improved for both parents and students. There is no perfect solution for anything, but the more we work together, the closer we can come. We would love your thoughts.

Forest Green School

March 2011 Newsletter

Our students had a great time watching the HOJA group in our school this past month, and you can still hear their CD’s in the classes. Thanks to our staff that ensure we have some really interesting events set up for a students that continuously build an understanding of the culture. With such busy mornings and afternoons at our school, we really appreciate your help in making the parking lot a much safer place for our students to be. Thanks for continuing to follow the pylons to ensure there is less traffic where our students walk. It has made it much safer for our kids. With three months left of school, we are looking forward to the Hip Hop group joining us in May, with Identity Day happening in June. Thanks to the staff that are helping to organize these days for our kids. They are greatly appreciated. I hope everyone has a restful spring break and we look forward to seeing you return well rested and ready to go in April!

Sincerely, George Couros Principal, Forest Green School/Connections for Learning http://forestgreenschool.ca Email: gcouros@psd70.ab.ca


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KEY DATES FOR APRIL April 4—Parent School Council Meeting (3:30) April 7—Kindergarten Open House (6:30-7:30) April 19—Lifetouch will be taking a second round of pictures with students for spring! More information will be coming out from the office. April 21—Staff will be working together on education planning for the 2011-2012 school year!

Kindergarten Open House!
We will be having an open house for new Kindergarten students and their families on April 7th at 6:30 PM! We would really encourage you to come and meet the teachers and see what makes Forest Green School great!

What HAPPENED at Forest Green!
March 4—Students organized “Backwards Day” for our school. Thanks to all those that participated. We really enjoyed the day! March 18—Family Dance at Forest Green! Thanks again to all of those that organized this great day! March 22, 23 and 24—Student-Led Conferences were a great success! We appreciate the students sharing their learning on this day. Thanks to everyone for coming out!
If you have questions about weather cancellations or route delays, schedules or any other bussing concern, check out the Parkland Transportation web site @ www.parklandtran

Forest Green School
5210 - 45 Street Stony Plain, AB T7Z 1R5 Phone: 780-963-7366 Fax: 780-963-0341


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Forest Green School

St. Patrick's Day
Rainbows We are continuing with the RAINBOWS™ program at Forest Green as it is a great success. The program was created to provide children with an opportunity for healing after a painful loss (of divorce, death and other family changes...). The children are taught skills that will enable them to cope with painful life changes and everyday issues in a positive manner. The current session will be ending on April 19, with a new session starting on April 26 or May 3. If you think your child would benefit from such a program please contact Mrs. Kari at 780-963-7366.

Family Dance
What a great success! Thanks for joining us this night and we look forward to hosting a family dance next school year!!!! The kids and families had a great time!

How did we do?
We’d like your feedback. Student-led conferences are meant to have the child take the lead and share their learning with you. How did you feel about this new way of having “interviews”? ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ Name (optional) __________________________
(Please feel free to fill this out and return to Mrs. Buchaski at the office.)


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What our staff is learning
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Mrs. Cameron attended Balanced Literacy Inservice focusing on Early Years writing and reading. Mr. Usiskin attended a session on Critical Thinking in Math. Mrs. Johnson attended a session on Social Networking and the Administrator, helping administrators understand the value of sharing ideas with other professionals. Miss Aronyk spent time with in-school experts to learn how to use google docs and student blog sites. Mrs. Barmby attended a two day intense, fast paced technology integration course offered by Corre Mahan. Mrs. Scatterty visited the Center For Literacy. Mr. Couros worked with Alberta administrators on how to effectively connect and share learning and resources within our province. Mrs. Kari attended Principles of Standardized Testing and Issues in Administration of Level B Tests.

If My Dog Could Talk Forest Green is proud to support the new release of the children's book ' If My Dog Could Talk,' and is looking for your support! The 24 page personally photographed book features the real life story of a Forest Green student and life with her Autism Service Dog, with important resource information in' About Service Dogs' and 'Our Life with Autism.' With your support, we can make a difference to educate and empower students, their families and communities both locally and abroad. $3.00 per book sold at the school will be donated back to Forest Green towards the enhancement and development of library initiatives. Stop by the library to pick up you copy today! ( $12.99 / book - cheques payable to A. Ainsworth)


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School council meeting will be moved to Monday, April 4th at 3:30pm.


Page 6 Forest Green School Blogs Forest Green Main Blog —http://forestgreenschool.ca Connections for Learning—http://cfl.forestgreenschool.ca Forest Green Kindergarten News—http://kindergarten.forestgreenschool.ca/ French—http://french.forestgreenschool.ca Grade 1 News—http://grade1.forestgreenschool.ca Grade 2 Miss Heward—http://grade2a.forestgreenschool.ca Grade 2 Ms. Hobbins - http://grade2b.forestgreenschool.ca Grade 3 News! - http://grade3.forestgreenschool.ca Grade 3/4 News—http://grade34.forestgreenschool.ca Grade 4 News—http://grade4.forestgreenschool.ca Grade 5 News—http://grade5.forestgreenschool.ca Grade 6 News—http://grade6.forestgreenschool.ca Music—http://music.forestgreenschool.ca SNAP Program—http://snap.forestgreenschool.ca The EYALT Programhttp://eyalt.forestgreenschool.ca Buzz About Books—http://bwandio.forestgreenschool.ca

The Forest Green School Council would like to give a big THANK YOU to the following businesses that donated prizes for our raffle at the family dance and help to make it so successful... Movie World-Stony Plain Boston Pizza-Stony Plain Ryfan Electrical-Spruce Grove Co-op-Stony Plain Tim Hortons-Stony Plain Fas Gas-Stony Plain Safeway-Stony Plain Tire Shop Plus-Edmonton A&W-Stony Plain Sandyview Farms-Spruce Grove Forest Green School Library Venus Nails Wal-mart-Spruce Grove Kozy's Pyrogies-Edmonton Sam's Baskets-Stony Plain Katwalk Shoes-Edmonton Could Chuck Wood-Stony Plain Calahoo Meats-Calahoo And McDonalds for the ice to chill the beverages in the concession. We would also like to give a big THANK YOU to all the parents and students who volunteered their time to help with all parts of the Family Dance. Your help made this dance so successful. A thank you goes out to Dance Soul for coming and performing an amazing routine. Good job dancers! Thank you to the DJ, Angelina, who helped fill the gym with fun and dancing. Last but not least thank you to everyone who came out to the Family Dance. It was a great evening!

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