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February 2019 Principal’s Message

February 2019 Principal’s Message

And just like that it’s February.  A new semester started January 31 and with that comes new courses, new schedules and new demands on all of our students. If students take full advantage of time within the school day with teacher assistance, time to work on homework or assignments during preps or tutorial, their lives would be somewhat simplified. Time and time again in our school gathering area, students are on their personal devices (cell phones mostly) playing games and not using their time wisely.  Please discuss with your child their use of their cell phones during school time.  I would appreciate your assistance in this matter.  Moving forward there are more and more companies who are prohibiting the use of cell phones on company time.  We need to prepare our students for this transition. Do students really need a cell phone at school?

Grade 4, 7 and 10 parents should have received your “Accountability Pillar Survey” letter by now.  By completing this survey, you are giving your school, your school authority and your provincial government important information to gauge the quality of education your child is receiving and to ensure they are being prepared for success.  Please complete and return your completed survey in the enclosed, pre-paid envelope by February 24, 2017. Please complete one survey for each of your children in each of these grades.

Grade 7 through 12 students and teachers have been invited by the division to attend an assembly in Raymond February 4thMr. Sam Bracken will be speaking to them.  If you are interested in his story here is a link  This will be normal school day.  Classes start at 8:10 and then we will leave sometime after 9:15 to attend the assembly at 10.  This should be about an hour long with possibly a Q & A after for 30 minutes.  We should be back before lunch starts. There will be a parent meeting February 5th at the Cardston Elementary School at 7pm for all parents who are interested in attending.

We have hosted two successful basketball tournaments this past January and look forward to one more in February.  All these trial runs will help us in preparation for hosting our boys’ provincial tournament March 14-16. This will show case our facility to the rest of the province. We need many volunteers to make this huge event a success.  If you know that you can lend a helping hand, please contact Lana at the school.  We need helpers for our banquet in the following areas: food prep, gym set up for the banquet (this needs to be done quickly and efficiently as there will only be an hour and a bit in between the last game on Thursday and the time the banquet is to start) and clean up after the banquet. Also, if you or your company would like to be a sponsor for our tournament and receive some advertising please contact the school.

Speaking of our facilities, Ward Brothers are scheduled to be cleaning up their equipment and moving out of our building the first week of February.  Snow fences will remain up until the spring when they will come back and complete the landscaping section of our modernization.  Having said this, however, our theatre is still about two months from being completed, as this involves a different company.  Thank you to Colin Ward (part owner of Ward Brothers), Steven O’Connor (present foreman), Rod Swartzenberger (former foreman), Jessie Potrie (FBWA Architects), Dennis Baker (Westwind School Division – Maintenance), Regan Holt and crew (WWSD Tech) and all others who worked on this modernization.  It has been a long journey but it has all been worth the result. Thank you.

You have probably noticed that our staff parking lot is now open.  Please be careful to not block the west or north entrances into the parking lot, whether you are just waiting for your child(ren) or not, PLEASE don’t block access as our handicap parking access needs to be available at all times.

School website.  Once again, any information that you might need can be found on our school website, Parent council will also be posting their events on the website.

Hot lunch order forms will be available on line at or there will be a few available at the school office.  March’s hot lunch order form is due February 20th.

Owe fees or want to e-transfer money to the school for events, please use the following to make this happen.

  • January 31
    • Start of second semester
  • February 1 & 2
    • Friday, report cards will be handed out to grade 10 - 12 students only
    • SV Boys & girls basketball teams at WR Myers Invitational Tournament
    • Grade 7 boys basketball team at Cardston Tournament
    • Grade 7 & 8 girls basketball teams at Matthew Halton Tournament
  • February 4
    • Presentation Assembly by Sam Bracken in Raymond
    • This presentation is for grade 7 -12. We will be leaving the school around 9:15
  • February 6
    • Kindergarten field trip to Boston Pizza
  • February 7
    • Elementary assembly 2:00-2:45 in the gymnasium
  • February 8 & 9
    • Host Girls’ Invitational Tournament
    • SV Boys at George McDougall in Airdrie
  • February 11
    • High School Student Engagement all day (4 reps from grade 10-12)
  • February 14
    • Happy Valentine’s Day
  • February 18-22
    • Due to Family Day and Teachers’ Convention NO SCHOOL all week for students
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