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With only two months left of school, we know that this is a very busy time of year for students and schools as we have many wonderful events planned at our school, while also having Provincial Achievement Exams coming up in the next two months. Students and staff are working diligently to ensure that we have a successful transition into the next school year. On May 2, 3rd Street Beat will be joining us again to work with the students and do some hip hop dancing. The kids will have the opportunity to showcase their moves on Friday, May 6 at 1pm, followed by a performance from the group. We are really looking forward to hosting this event again and hope you can join us. Please know that we have busses coming into the school during this time, so all parking regulations still apply. Please ensure that no cars are parked in the middle of the street or in the bus lanes. We appreciate your cooperation to ensure that our students that do leave at different times can still get out safely. Continuing on with parking, please ensure that unless you have a permit or have spoken directly with school administration, that we leave the designated parking areas open. I know that the parking lot is a really busy place in the morning, which is all the more reason that we need to proceed with extra caution. The parking lot area has been a lot safer thanks to the work of the entire Forest Green community. Thanks for that! I would like to personally invite all parent volunteers to join us on May 31st, at 10am at Forest Green School for our annual Volunteer Tea. We really appreciate all of the wonderful things that our volunteers do and this is just one of the ways we can show our appreciation. We looking forward to seeing you on this day. To help with our planning please let Mrs. Buchaski know if you are able to attend. I wish all of you a fantastic May and hope to see more sunshine coming our way!
Forest Green School
April 2011 Newsletter
Sincerely, George Couros Principal, Forest Green School/Connections for Learning
KEY DATES FOR MAY May 2-5—3rd Street Beat will be working with students on their “Hip Hop” Dance routines for the week! May 6—Students will showcase their dance skills followed by a performance by 3rd Street Beat. (1pm) Please park in designated areas. May 20—Staff Professional Development Day. No school for students.
Attention Forest Green Volunteers
Plans are underway for this year’s volunteer tea. Please keep the morning of Tuesday, May 31st open and plan to join us for coffee, treats and entertainment as we thank you for all of your time and effort. Invitations will be going home on May 9th, so please watch for them and RSVP to Donna at 780-963-7366 by May 19th. If you have volunteered and your invitation does not make it home please let us know if you will be able to attend.
What HAPPENED at Forest Green!
April 7—Thanks to all of those that joined us at the Kindergarten Open House. April 21—Thanks to all of the parents that joined us to help create the future and vision of Forest Green through the Education Planning process! April 29 —Forest Green students had “Pajama” Day and Grade 4 students led the assembly!
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Farwell Mrs. Mills
Forest Green School will be honouring our former music teacher Mrs. Mills for her many years of dedication and valuable service to our students. As part of our May Assembly, to be held on May 17th (2-3pm), the students will be celebrating the wonderful contributions she has made to our school. Please feel free to join us as we honour a teacher that has made a significant difference in the lives of many current and former students of Forest Green!
Identity Day (2011)
Staff and students are looking forward to another powerful “Identity Day” to be held near the end of June. As there are many activities happening in June, we have not confirmed the day yet, but wanted students to start thinking about what their “passion” is that they would like to share on this day. If you are not sure what Identity Day is about, there will be more details in the next newsletter. We are really looking forward to another fantastic Identity Day at Forest Green!
May 4, 2011
On May 4, 2011, Albertans are invited to wear a hat to raise awareness of the importance of good mental health. Forest Green School will relax their hat rules and encourage students and teachers to build understanding by wearing hats to school.
What our staff is learning Mrs. Morrison attended an inservice on working with challenging students in Edmonton. Mrs. Wandio attended the ―Action on Curriculum‖ roundtable discussing the future of education, which included students, staff, and parents. Mrs. Cameron continued her work in Balanced Literacy. Mr. Couros attended a workshop on utilizing data to help build effective schools, while also working with educators at a ―Digital Learning Conference.‖ Mrs. Mckenzie and Mr. Irvine attended a workshop on independent reading and writing centers in Early Years classes. Mr. Irvine and Mrs. Cameron went to an Apple Education seminar focusing on utilizing personal devices for the inclusive classroom.
SNAP Update This is the second year of our three year pilot program called SNAP®. SNAP stands for STOP NOW AND PLAN and is a strategy that helps students regulate angry feelings by getting them to stop, think, and plan positive alternatives before they act impulsively. SNAP teaches impulse control skills that students can use in various challenging situations that they may encounter. The primary goal is to keep students in school and out of trouble. Some secondary goals include: to teach effective anger management skills by using SNAP®, facilitate school success, increase social competence by connecting boys to positive structured community activities and to teach students positive peer socialization skills. The SNAP goals are aligned with Parkland School Division’s standards for Student Citizenship and Social Responsibility in many ways. The division promotes the fostering of positive character development in students and endorses a set of desirable personal and interpersonal character traits – including respect, responsibility, honesty, empathy, fairness, initiative, perseverance, courage and integrity. Also part of preparing students to be productive and contributing citizens is ensuring that all students have an opportunity to learn, practice and develop such personal and interpersonal character traits. SNAP is all about helping students develop and practice these traits. Role play is a key activity in the SNAP sessions and students are coached in applying these behaviours on a regular basis. As we continue next year, this program will be implemented on a broader scale, including a ―SNAP for Girls‖ group.
Classes for Next Year
At the end of each school year, teachers devote a considerable amount of time and effort towards the composition of class lists. Many factors are considered in this process including: · · · · Creating classes of even size Boy – Girl balance Even distribution of students with special academic, social and behavioral needs Siblings/family groups
The ultimate goal in all cases is to provide the best possible learning environment for all of our students. Should you wish to contribute input regarding the placement of your child, a form is available for pickup in the Forest Green School office. Please return completed forms to the office for review by administration. They will then be shared with the teachers and your input will be taken into account as teachers consider all of the factors to create the best classroom environment for all of our students. Due to the complexity of factors involved, we are not always able to fulfill specific requests. Should this happen, we ask for your cooperation in making the assigned placement work for your child. Please have your form returned to the front office no later than May 16, 2011. Notes from the Office Please do your best to ensure that you do any communication you need to with your child before the school day. As the school phone is a business phone, we encourage our students to only use it in the case of an emergency. We appreciate your help with this.
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