Dear Glen Cairn PS Families,
Just a quick reminder that tomorrow is a PA Day – there is no school for students. Teachers are at the school this evening and tomorrow conducting Parent-Teacher Interviews. Here are a few tips to help parents get the most out of the interview:
To get the most out of meetings with the teacher:
- Read over the report card carefully and compare it to previous reports.
- Talk to your child. Ask them to identify their successes and challenges. What do they want to work hard on to improve?
- Write down your questions and comments. Be prepared to give specific examples, especially if you wish to raise a particular concern.
- Time is precious: don’t waste it on small talk.
- Ask for an explanation of any unknown term, and don’t be intimidated by jargon.
- Have a follow-up conversation with your child about what was covered. Talk about both their strengths and areas in need of growth. If they need help, talk about what will be done to provide this assistance, or what you can do together.
This week we kicked off our Bully Prevention Week with our Day of Pink on Wednesday. Staff, students and family members participated by wearing pink. Students signed a pledge to stand up to bullying. The pledge reads, “At Glen Cairn PS we stand up to bullying in all its forms”
Wednesday evening our HandBells Choir, led by Mr. Fraser, performed at the Glen Cairn Community Association’s Tree Lighting event. Councillor Hubley introduced our choir and a very special guest arrived to enjoy the performance — Prime Minister Harper! I’m sure that it was a thrill to perform for our Prime Minister. The event was lovely and it really demonstrated that Glen Cairn PS is the heart of this wonderful community.
Following the Hand Bells performance, I ducked over to Chapters to join our School Council members, led by April Boomer, who were holding a fundraising evening there. I saw many familier GCPS faces and was able to get a head start on some of my shopping.
Today we had the pleasure of welcoming Grade 11 students from Mrs. Shelley Kirk’s AY Jackson physical education class. The boys led our Grades 1 – 6 students in low organizational games out on the yard. They did an incredible job and squeals of laughter rang across the yard as our students let loose and had a great time. We are very grateful to Mrs. Kirk for organizing this event and bringing our schools together. Her students were fantastic!
I hope I see you tonight or tomorrow. Pop by the table outside the office to sign our Bullying Prevention Pledge.
As always, don’t hesitate to send me an email or give me a call.